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Planning application for glamping pods suitable for weekend and short breaks




Plans have been submitted for five handmade glamping pods in a Norfolk village.

An application has been submitted to Breckland Council for the pods to be built on land to the south east of North Pickenham which is accessed from an existing entrance on Meadow Lane.

The proposed site is intended to attract visitors for weekend and short breaks.

Glamping at Springfield Farm in Spalding. There are plans for glamping pods in North Pickenham, subject to approval by Breckland Council
Glamping at Springfield Farm in Spalding. There are plans for glamping pods in North Pickenham, subject to approval by Breckland Council

And the pods would be rented out on a per-nightly basis, planning documents state. The site would be operated as a typical year-round holiday let, much like a caravan site, but with fewer guests.

The applicant says this will result in less noise and disruption to neighbouring properties and road users. Several houses are located directly opposite the site with no alterations to the boundary being intended by the applicant.

A design and access statement for the application states: "The proposed site will be on a tranquil green area. Glamping installations require minimal ground works and harmful construction practices.

"Through use of ground screws to mount pods, concrete may not be required at all. We therefore believe pods provide an ecologically viable accommodation solution, suited to the area.

"The concept of luxury glamping is now gaining popularity throughout the UK, with standards and guests’ expectations on the rise. It is intended by the site operator that this site will be amongst the best available.

"At present there are no other sites in or around Swaffham offering this kind of luxury pod accommodation giving guests exclusive facilities. Therefore, we feel the site would be providing a positive alternative for visitors to the area."

Specialist Edinburgh-based glamping site designer Glampitect are the agents for the application, while North Pickenham resident Ian Farnsworth is the applicant.

The statement continues: "These pods are aimed at patrons who would like to have a break within a rural environment while having close proximity to all the popular attractions, including golf, walking, equestrian, cycling and carting."

A car park would only be available to those visiting the site.



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